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Weekly Update (Aug 4): Commander 2019 Commanders



Commander 2019 Previews


Commander 2019 preview season kicked off this weekend at Gencon, with the four face-cards of the Commander 2019 decks being revealed. The entirety of the new set will be previewed this week, with one full decklist being revealed each day. Check out mtgpreviews.com for all the latest cards, and check out the important highlights of the set directly from SaffronOlive:


Budget Magic: $99 (13 tix) Hammer Time (Modern, Magic Online)


Can our opponents touch our Turn 2 kill combo in Modern? No, they can't. School's in. Let's Colossus Hammer some suckers!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


Knucklebone Witch Ixidor, Reality Sculptor Magnetic Theft

This week, most of the big finance news is tied to Modern. Leading the way is Knucklebone Witch (up 278% to $7), which showed up at Mythic Championship IV in Goblin Tribal. The odd part of the price movement is that Knucklebone Witch was just a one-of and only in one of the two Goblins decks to show up at the event. While perhaps it will become more important to the tribe moving forward, a better bet is that it remains on the fringe. If you have copies, you might as well try to sell or trade them into the hype. On the other hand, Auntie's Hovel has continued it's slow and steady climb, increasing another 14% on the week to just under $30. Unlike Knucklebone Witch, the land is the foundation for basically all Goblin decks in Modern, and the tribe is on the rise with support from Core Set 2020 and Modern Horizons. While a future reprint is a concern, if the deck ever truly breaks out in the paper world, Auntie's Hovel could spike again. It's probably worth holding at this point, with no likely reprint homes in the next several months.

Meanwhile, we started Commander 2019 spoiler season a couple of days ago at Gencon, which means a lot of casually-focused priced movement will likely happen over the next couple of weeks. So far the biggest Commander-centric gainer is Ixidor, Reality Sculptor (up 367% to over $10), which piggybacks on the morph theme of one of the Commander 2019 decks, but more increases are sure to follow as we move through the next week of spoilers. As the new Commander cards come out, if you find one you know you want to build around (or a precon you'd like to upgrade), try to pick up the pieces you need as soon as possible: there are likely hundreds or even thousands of other Commander players thinking the same thing, and if they pick up their upgrade pieces and support cards first, you'll be left paying more for yours.

Finally, Magnetic Theft jumped 38% on the week to $8.40. The instant is an important combo piece for decks looking to equip a Colossus Hammer to a cheap, doublestriking or infect creature as quickly as possible. With good draws a turn two kill is very possible, but the deck is still in its infancy. If it develops into a legitimate Modern archetype, the price of the Fifth Dawn uncommon could double, but it's also possible it never finds its competitive footing and remains a casual favorite. 

 


Budget Commander: Kykar, Wind's Fury | $30, $60, $90


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This Week in Legacy: Some Interesting Results

Against the Odds: Mystic Forge Combo (Modern, Magic Online)

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What are the odds of winning with Mystic Forge in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Single Scoop: Spiritual Dovin (Standard, Magic Arena)

Vintage 101: Don't Cross the Streams!

How Spiritual is Dovin? Find out as we take Spirits and some Dovin through the Bo1 queues! Read more

Joe Dyer tries to catch Vintage streamers this week without getting caught himself! Read more


Fish Five-0: Jeskai Hero (Standard, Magic Arena)


How does the Jeskai variant of Hero of Precinct One hold up? Let's take it for a spin!Read more

Commander Clash S6 E25: More Set 2020, Part 3! (Atemsis vs. Drakuseth vs. Kethis vs. Omnath)

Becoming an Osteologist (Dimir Blood for Bones, Standard) – Stream Highlights

We wrap up our exploration of the new M20 commanders by brewing around the final four! Read more

Can a more value-heavy reanimation plan featuring Blood for Bones and Scholar of Ages work in Standard? Read more

Much Abrew: Yawgmoth Hapatra Combo (Modern, Magic Online)

Podcast 235: Mythic Championship Barcelona

Can Yawgmoth, Thran Physician join undying creatures and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons to make a new, infinite sacrifice / infinite damage combo in Modern? Let's see! Read more

The crew breaks down all of the action from Mythic Championship IV this weekend and answers #MTGFishmail. Read more


Instant Deck Techs


Each day we'll be posting a short, three minute deck tech featuring some of the coolest decks that come across the site. The most popular deck will be made into videos the following week based on your views, likes and comments in the videos. Here's this week's Instant Deck Techs:


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